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Brisé Fan (China), ca. 1785

This is a Brisé fan. It is dated ca. 1785 and we acquired it in 1952. Its medium is carved ivory sticks, silk ribbon, glass stone. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Chinese carved ivory fans (hu shan) were extremely popular in 18th-century Europe. This monogrammed brisé example—that is, with blades connected by a ribbon threaded through the top—displays skillfully hand-carved fine vertical lines, which appear as a sheer background supporting opaque relief patterns of curling vines, flowers, birds, and pagodas.

This object was donated by Unknown. It is credited Gift of Anonymous Donor.

  • Bracelet, ca. 1850
  • ivory, elastic/cord.
  • Gift of the estate and in memory of Robert B. Noyes.
  • 1946-50-46
  • Brisé Fan, 1780–1800
  • carved, pierced and painted ivory sticks, silk ribbon.
  • Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane.
  • 1926-22-113

Our curators have highlighted 7 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Bracelet, ca. 1850
  • ivory, silk thread.
  • Gift of the estate and in memory of Robert B. Noyes.
  • 1946-50-85-a,b

Its dimensions are

H x W (open): 27 x 45.7 cm (10 5/8 x 18 in.)

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Brisé Fan (China), ca. 1785; carved ivory sticks, silk ribbon, glass stone; H x W (open): 27 x 45.7 cm (10 5/8 x 18 in.); Gift of Anonymous Donor; 1952-161-225-a

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.

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